Let's get you outside to take some photos, share some laughs, and reset your spirit.
I know busy. I live busy. So I understand that you can't spend a lot of time preparing for and attending a photo session. Over the last 18 years, I have created a process that makes photo sessions convenient, easy, and fun for families, seniors, and couples. By getting you outside for just a short time in a beautiful natural location, you'll have a chance to slow down, laugh, and have fun.
Oh, how I wish that I was cool and delicate in front of the camera. You might feel the same way.
No judgement here. I'll teach you some poses that you can use forever in your own photos.
And when I trip over my own two feet, I'll get a real smile out of the grump of the group.
I know that many kids (and maybe even adults) are not really excited about getting their photo taken.
I promise it won't be the worst day ever. I'll keep it quick, active, interactive, and fun.
41 states. 80 National Park Units.
And we have driven to most of them.
The trip planning usually starts with a Happy Hour and the question, "What would you think if....?"
Interested in places we have been?
I love to help plan!
I never understood people who were obsessed with dogs. And then we got our Goldendoodle, Maggie.
Still trying to figure out how to be
a Stay-at-Home Dog Mom.
And, yes. You SHOULD bring your dog to your portrait session.
Grocery shopping is the worst.
I hate cooking. I don't love home decorating. I can never put anything away where it belongs.
I have tried my entire married life to prepare nice meals, bake beautiful desserts, buy organizational tools, and take on home decor, but it usually results in a Cara Parker Domesticated Disaster.
I'd like to blame it on my busy schedule, but the truth is that this is just not my skill set.
I love vacations, and especially love to go somewhere warm over our February school vacation.
A few years ago, we had nothing planned, so on Thursday night, I texted Derek who was at a meeting, and said, "I can get us a good deal in Williamsburg."
He said, "Only if Griffin can bring a friend." My reply? "Already taken care of. Two of them are coming."
Thirty-six hours later, we were in the minivan headed on a 12-hour drive to Virginia with two bonus kids.
Who the heck has time?
Actually, I got a concussion in 2013, and haven't been able to watch movies or TV since!
I grew up on TV. I knew which episode of the Brady Bunch it was by the angle of the house in the opening scene. I am still heartbroken over the ending of 90210. And when we finished Friday Night Lights, I felt like I lost old friends.
But honestly, I don't miss it at all. There's too much life to live.
Just like you, I wake up every day and wonder how I can possibly get through it all! But even though some days are crazier than others, I can't imagine it any other way!
I believe that getting your photos taken should be a fun and easy experience! And I believe that being outside has healing qualities for an overworked soul.
Whether it's for family portraits, senior yearbook photos, or your wedding day, I will share helpful tips to make the process efficient. I will keep you laughing and having fun, while enjoying some fresh air in a beautiful location. And the result will be authentic photos that show who you are at this stage of life.
Cara Parker is a certified fifth grade teacher who has also taught and coached at the high school level. She is a passionate educator who believes that children have amazing perspectives on the world. Cara has several years of experience in special education, including working with children who have autism, cerebral palsy, and Down Syndrome. She is a former Cub Scout Leader and the mother of two Eagle Scouts.
She has been taking photographs since the age of Kodak Instamatic cameras with disposable flash bulbs. She is film-trained and has been in the digital space since 2004, starting on the original Canon Digital Rebel (loved that camera!!!) . She has photographed for Merrimack College, Brooks School, Newfound Area Schools, Middlemiss Big Heart Foundation, and Chick Singer Night Boston, and her work has been featured in magazines and newspapers, as well as travel publications for the state of New Hampshire.
Cara believes in human rights-- for everyone-- and does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, national origin, gender, identity, orientation, ability, language, or culture.